Baginton and Bubbenhall Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

On Thursday 15 March 2018, there will be a referendum on a neighbourhood plan in Baginton & Bubbenhall. The Information Statement explains more about the referendum and how you can take part in it.

The question

The referendum will aks electors to vote yes or no in response to the following question:

"Do you want Warwick District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Baginton and Bubbenhall to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

Specified documents

A copy of the Baginton & Bubbenhall Neighbourhood Development Plan and Examiner’s Report of October 2016 may be inspected at:

  • Warwick District Council, Riverside House, Milverton Hill, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 5HZ (Monday to Friday - 10am to 4pm)

The consultation documents can be viewed online from the following Council's:

Notice of referendum

How do I vote in the referendum?

You vote by putting a cross (X) in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ box on your ballot paper. Put a cross in only one box or your vote will not be counted.

If more people vote ‘yes’ than ‘no’ in this referendum, then Warwick District Council will use the Neighbourhood Development Plan to help it decide planning applications in this local area.

If more people vote ‘no’ than ‘yes’, then planning applications will be decided without using the Neighbourhood Development Plan as part of the Development Plan for the local area.

Ways of voting

There are three ways of voting.

In person

In person at the two polling stations on Thursday 15 March 2018.

  • Baginton Village Hall, Frances Road, Baginton CV8 3AB
  • Bubbenhall Village Hall, Lower End, Bubbenhall CV8 3BW

Voting in person is easy and a member of staff will always help if you are not sure what to do. You will receive a poll card confirming your polling station for this referendum. If you do not receive your poll card you can contact our helpline on (01926) 456105 or email us on elections@warwickdc.gov.uk

By post

If you have a postal vote already, you will receive a poll card confirming this. To vote by post, you will need to complete an application form and send it to the Electoral Registration Officer to arrive by 5pm on 28 February 2018 to our main office at Riverside House.

Postal votes can be sent overseas but you need to think about whether you will have time to receive and return your completed postal vote by close of poll on 15 March 2018. You should receive your postal vote around 5 March 2018. If it does not arrive, you can ask for a replacement from Friday 9 March up to 5pm on 15 March 2018 by contacting our helpline on (01926) 456105.

By proxy

If you have a proxy vote already, your proxy will receive a poll card confirming this. If you cannot get to the polling station and do not wish to vote by post, you may be able to vote by proxy. This means appointing someone to vote on your behalf. To vote by proxy, you will need to complete an application form and send it to the Electoral Registration Officer at our main office to arrive by 5pm on 7 March 2018.

When you apply for a proxy vote, you must say why you cannot vote in person. Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are eligible to vote and are willing to vote on your behalf. You will have to tell them how you want to vote.

Postal and proxy vote application forms are available by:

Phone: (01926) 456105

Am I registered to vote?

If you are not registered, you won’t be able to vote. You can check if you are registered by calling our helpline on (01926) 456105. If you are not registered to vote, you can register online or you can complete a voter registration form and send it to the Electoral Registration Officer at our main office to arrive by midnight on Tuesday 27 February 2018.

Registration forms are available by:

Phone: (01926) 456105

Referendum expenses

Expenses can be incurred by an individual or body during the period of the referendum for referendum purposes. The referendum expenses limit that will apply in relation to this referendum is £2,435.56. The number of persons entitled to vote in the referendum by reference to which the limit has been calculated is 1196.